Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

Deluxe "Shopping and Fun" Trip in Turkey(sm) (7 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Istanbul, Turkey To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 10 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Dinner

You will be met at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and transferred to your hotel.  There will be an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with your "fellow shoppers" at the "Welcome Cocktail" and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Bursa, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, there will be a briefing on what to buy, the art of bargaining, export regulations, etc. to get you started. After lunch at a fish restaurant, drive to Bursa, the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire, for overnight stay.

Day 3
Istanbul, Turkey
Bursa, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

Morning sightseeing in Bursa, visiting the early Ottoman monuments, where the "Silk Market" used to be, and the Grand Bazaar to shop for beautiful silk scarves and clothes, as well as the Turkish towels that Bursa is famous for. After lunch (the best Doner Kebap, or "gyro", in the world), drive back to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Eveningon your own, to do as you please.

Day 4
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, visit the St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Underground Cistern. After lunch, visit the Covered Bazaar and a jewelry center.

Day 5
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

Today visit the Suleymaniye Mosque and the famous Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for 500 years, to see the Harem and the Treasury, full of world's most expensive and beautiful jewelry. After lunch on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace, visit the Bedesten, and see a carpet manufacturing shop to learn about different types of carpets and what to look for in Turkish carpets. Return to your hotel.

Day 6
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, visit the Misir Carsisi (also known as the "Egyptian Bazaar") with ample time to browse through this ancient collection of aromatic shops. Lunch is at one of the oldest restaurants in Istanbul, located at this complex, or similar. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus. Tonight, a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Day 7
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast

Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

An "Exclusively Virtuoso" Preferred Specialty Tour Operator, we specialize solely in Turkey, working with Travel Consultants of the Virtuoso Consortium; and, we have the distinction of having in house a former Professional Turkish Tour Guide and Turkish Archaeologist who has served as Official Guide to the British Royal Family during the tour of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Ephesus. Whether arranging a customized Shore Excursion or developing a complex Special Interest Tour itinerary in Turkey, Virtuoso Members communicate directly with the U.S. Headquarters of TURKEY AT ITS BEST(sm), enjoying (1) Immediate responses to their inquiries without delay from the time zone difference with Turkey, (2) Quotes in U.S. Dollars, rather than in Euros, (3) The security and cost savings of having the credit cards of their clients charged in the U.S., and in U.S. Dollars, (4) Prompt receipt of their commission checks, drawn on a U.S. bank, issued and mailed in the U.S., and (5) The peace of mind from receiving enhanced 24/7 customer support and service from our own Operations Center in Turkey for their clients.

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Deluxe "Shopping and Fun" Trip in Turkey


Istanbul is one of the most attractive cities in the world for shoppers. The world-famous Covered Bazaar, it is said, is the oldest giant "mall" in the world, with thousands of stores under a canopy of hundreds of domes, where they sell almost "everything under the sun". If you are good at bargaining, which is half the fun, you might find great buys in Istanbul. The shops in Istanbul offer some of the finest Turkish carpets, clothing (including leather and suede coats, skirts, pants, etc)., fantastic jewelry in gold, silver and precious stones (including the famous puzzle rings and harem rings), brass, copper, onyx, silk and other textiles, the world-renowned Turkish towels and robes, as well as rare food items. The "Spice Bazaar", dating back to the 1500's, offers many of the spices of the world. You will also find exceptional food in Istanbul; you can bring back the famous Turkish Delights with pistachios or nuts of various kinds, gourmet baklava , Turkish Halvah, and candied chestnuts, just to mention a few of the delicacies, as well as a great bottle of Raki or some fine  Turkish  Wines. This tour is designed to give you ample opportunity to do your holiday shopping in exotic Istanbul, and also to provide you with a chance to see some of the famous sites. You will also visit Bursa, home of a fascinating silk market. For those who have more time, there is also the option of extending this voyage with small modules to visit Izmir, Ephesus, Pergamum or the Antalya region on the "Turquoise Coast" of the Mediterranean, as pre-tour and/or post-tour add-ons.


Private Tour Can Start On Any Monday in Turkey

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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Fantastic Tour Guides

By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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